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Apr 17, 2015

HORSES TO WATCH

By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB


AQUEDUCT

BOLD OVER: Was sent off at 5-2 in his debut, broke from the rail, broke in a bit, straightened out and rushed up to set the pace but couldn’t go on with it in the lane and tired to finish sixth, needed that start and can lead all the way next out.

CONVERT: Three year old by Repent made his debut against statebred $40k maiden claimers over the turf last out, got away in fifth early on from his rail post, made a good move to get into third in deep stretch but had to settle for fourth late, should be all set now.

IDLE AMERICAN: Middle moved down the backside to get into second behind the leader last out over the turf but tired in the lane to finish fourth, can pop at a price right back with the right kind of trip.

MASCARELLO: Three year old gelding was making his debut last out against statebred maiden special weights going a mile, he was bet down to 4-1, showed a bit of early speed but didn’t do much running after that checking in sixth and last, look for a big improvement next out and turf is an option.

PISGAH: Well bred three year old from Godolphin stable made his debut last out at a mile and was sent off 12-1; broke from post 12, and was right up on the leader for more than a half mile before tiring to finish 11th, may have needed the race, turf is an option but expect a better effort right back.

PLAYING A JOKE: Seven year old gelding was off since late February heading into his last start; got away in sixth early on and was still well back into the lane but closed well to finish second to the wire to wire winner, follow off the claim.

POLAR AXIS: Took a drop into a maiden claimer in his second career start and added blinkers, came out running for the lead pressing the pace for more than a half mile and tired to finish sixth, fits with $25k statebred maiden claimers.

STONEHEARTEDLOVER: Four year old statebred filly had a decent debut against statebred special weights back in November, was laid up over four months, dropped down and added blinkers, broke out at the start, got away in fourth and ground away through the lane to finish third, moves up off that effort.

TARTY TO THE PARTY: Was claimed back in January for $10k, was moved up to score against $16k claimers in her next start, she won that race and was claimed again, she moved up to face off against $25k claimers last out and checked in a solid third, sharp right now, tab.

WHALE ROCK: Took plenty of money for his debut, broke a step slow, moved up to challenge the leaders, started to get out into the turn allowing another runner up the inside and came up a neck short, is bred to stretch out and will key all your exotics right back.

BEST BET: KNUCKLE CURVE: Hails from the powerful Michelle Nevin barn, was making the first start in her barn and his first start since June, was away in fifth behind some sharp splits and ran on for third late behind the runaway winner, needed that race and turf is an option.

LONGSHOT: ASSURED VICTORY: Hard hitting seven year old gelding was away since February, was outrun some early on, moved into third after a ½ mile tired some late to finish fourth at 27-1; can pop at a price off that effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIMLICO

ADDING ALPHA: Was making her first start since December last out, came out racing in third, chased the pace from the start and into the lane before checking in third late at 20-1; must respect next out against turf sprinters.

RESENTMENT: Put in a solid effort two back when checking in second in a claiming crown event at Aqueduct, chased the pace from the start last out, took over into the drive but had to settle for third late, sharp now, tab.

SACHICOMULA: Seven year old gelding was in good form last summer but was making his first start back since August last out, chased the pace from the start and into the lane but had to settle for a close-up third, all set now.

SUMO: Nine year old gelding came out running for the lead from the inside, set that pace from the start and into the lane but just couldn’t hold on late checking in a close-up second, has the backclass to call on, follow.

U. K. GIRL: Was claimed two back for $5k, she was put back on the turf against starter allowance foes, was away at the back of the pack, moved to the lead in the lane but came up a head short at 15-1; follow.

BEST BET: OPIE: Was sent off at 12-1 for her debut, got away in ninth early on when breaking slowly, raced in ninth for more than a half mile but did finish well for fourth; well-bred runner wants more ground and turf is an option.

LONGSHOT: TOWN HERO: Broke out at the start in his debut which came in a turf sprint against maiden claiming $25k, bore out on the turn but did start to rally in the drive to finish fifth at 29-1; look for improvement next out.



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